2021 Mexico RETREAT!

Step away from the day-to-day and join us for
Hibernate & Create RETREAT
in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

When:              July 1 – July 4, 2021

What’s included:
Registration includes 3 nights’ accommodation at Casa de Leon located on the beach in Puerto Morelos, Mexico (just south of Cancun).    Fresh meals prepared for our guests including 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches along with plenty of snacks!  And, all creative project supplies & instruction. You may want to bring an extra tote or leave some room in your suitcase for all of the wonderful projects you will create and small goodies you will receive throughout your stay! (We LOVE to spoil our attendees!)

Cost:                 $775 per person

**Registration does not include transportation to / from the retreat (i.e. your flight).
**Registration fees are non-refundable but may be transferred or sold to another participant.
** In the event that we need to cancel the retreat due to Covid-19, all registration fees will be refunded.
** Travel insurance is not required, but is recommended.
** Hosts will assist in coordinating Covid tests for return to the U.S. as directed by the CDC. The cost of this test is not included in your registration fee.

How to Register:
Registrations will be made by emailing Kelli at hibernatecreate@gmail.com.   Upon receiving your registration email, a return email will be sent confirming availability and verify your payment options.

A deposit of $200 is due at time of registration. Final payment is due by May 31st. Payment schedules can be customized to your payment needs.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in our optional small gift swap!  Gifts will be exchanged on the first night following our welcome dinner.

In advance of the RETREAT, a private Facebook group will be created so that we can get to know each other, sneak peak of projects, ask questions and stay connected post event!

Puerto Morelos:
Puerto Morelos is located half-way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. And, it is the home of our host Ronda for the past 3-years. It has beautiful Caribbean waters beckon you and there is a nice market with quaint restaurants. The area is known for it’s wonderful snorkeling in the waters offer right off of the beach.

Casa de Leon is situated perfectly on the beach for beautiful morning sunrises and direct access to sun, sand and water. Added bonus, there is a private pool.

Travel to Puerto Morelos will require that you have a passport for entry. If you are a U.S. resident, click here for more info on passports from the Department of State.

The Cancun Airport is conveniently located north of Puerto Morelos and has many daily flights on the major carriers. For more information on the Cancun airport, click here.

Your retreat hosts will help coordinate transportation to-and-from the airport to to the retreat venue.

Retreat Schedule:

Guests can arrive at between 12:00-2:00 pm to settle in.   Note, lunch will not be provided on day 1, but we will have some welcome snacks to greet you.  Ronda will lead us in our first creative project celebrating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo beginning at 3:00 pm.  We will end the evening with our Welcome Fiesta and gift swap! 

Creativity and relaxation will fill your day!  In the morning, we will travel into the jungle to meet-up with local artist Ana of Ana de las Bolsas.  

Ana, originally from Canada, is passionate about bringing consciousness about Mother Earth through art using mainly recycled materials giving it a new life.  Her work is astounding. Following our morning creativity (and lunch), we will have an optional afternoon of hanging out on the beach, shopping or working on some stitching near the pool (we’ll have a fun stitch kit for you!). 

We’ll conclude our day with dinner out at Ronda’s favorite beach location at Don’s where they have tasty fish tacos, ceviche and margaritas!  We’ll return to Casa de Leon for show & tell and more creative time! 

More creativity!  Si! Si!  We’ll kick off our morning with a fun stitched jewelry project co-lead by Kelli and Ronda.  And following lunch will provide more free time to enjoy the sounds & sites of Puerto Morelos and the Ocean.  The day will conclude with our farewell dinner at Casa de Leon. 

All good things must come to an end and following Sunday breakfast we will say goodbye with new friends, fabulous projects and plenty of memories (and photos to share!)

Your Hibernate and Create RETREAT Hosts:

Kelli Sweet – Lindsay “Chef” Struble – Ronda Nusbaum

Kelli Sweet: Exploring is the general theme for Kelli – creativity, travel, food and more! As the artist behind Degrees by Kelli, her favorite mediums are jewelry, collage & painting and all things quilting & fabric related.

Kelli loves to connect and inspire creativity.  She founded Hibernate & Create as the 31 Days of Creativity Challenge which has blossomed into a beautiful Facebook community. In 2018 it expanded into RETREATS bringing people together for dedicated creative time with friendship & food!  And 2020 brought the addition of Crafty Mixer, an online virtual craft meet-up and Workshops & Classes in her studio at the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha. 

Kelli lives in LaVista, Nebraska with her husband Drew and their tabby cat Milo (aka Squeaky_Milo on Instagram)

Lindsay Struble: Lindsay is the “chef” extraordinaire behind the Hibernate & Create Retreats. A special education teacher by profession, we enjoy Lindsay’s delicious cooking as she “fusses” over the small details.

Lindsay loves to travel, explore and hop onboard when a friend needs a companion for an adventure. She loves to help others and make people smile! Her creativity and art is through cooking and the sharing of food. Her goal is to warm the hearts and tummies of the people she’s around!

Lindsay and her husband Tim live in LaVista, NE with their 15 year old kitty, Loki, who continues to entertain them at all hours of the day!

Ronda Nusbaum: The sea, sand and sun are all essential to Ronda’s well being and are reflected in much of her creativity. She fell in love with Caribbean Blue in 1993, but it is not easily found in Wichita, KS. In 2018, she and her husband Dwain acted on that love by moving to Puerto Morelos

She dabbles in many forms of art but textiles, slow stitching and mixed media are her passions.

Ronda and Dwain have 4 children and 14 grandchildren. Her current goal is completion of a quilt for each of the Grands.


Will you help with transportation to & from the beach house?
YES! We coordinate local transportation to and from the Cancun airport

What are the average summer temperatures in Puerto Morelos?
90 degrees during the day and 75 degrees at night

If I want to come early or stay longer, can you help me with recommendations?
Yes! Ronda is local to Puerto Morelos and can help provide recommendations to extend your stay! Or, you might want to check out the nearby Cancun or Playa del Carmen attractions.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!
Prairie Point Junction
Emersyn & June
Platinum Gifts
Degrees by Kelli

If you would like to be a RETREAT sponsor in the form of participant gifts, supplies or discounts. Please contact Kelli at hibernatecreate@gmail.com

We’ll see you on the beach in Mexico!

The fine print:  In registering for the retreat, participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sweet Creative LLC  DBA Degrees by Kelli or DBA as Hibernate and Create, the hosts Kelli Sweet, Lindsay Struble and Ronda Nusbaum and any event sponsors, instructors or volunteers from any and all causes and action which may arise from the Hibernate and Create Retreat.  I grant permission for Sweet Creative LLC to use any photos, videotape, etc. taken of me, my products or classes in any and all publicity and advertising promoting the retreat.  By registering for this retreat, I Agree and acknowledge that the  waiver has been read and understood and that I will abide by all Rules.